Fourth of July can be a fun holiday for the whole family. Families across the country often celebrate the summer holiday outside with neighbors, BBQ, cold beverages and, of course, fireworks. While they may be fun to watch, each Fourth of July fireworks injure thousands of people, most often children and teenagers.
If you're planning a firework show of your own, take a few minutes to brush up on firework safety with these tips:
- Store in a safe place. Keep fireworks stored in a cool, dry place and out of children's reach.
- Outdoor use only. Fireworks should only be used outdoors away from structures and flammable materials, including dry grass.
- Transport with caution. Never carry fireworks in your pocket and avoid wearing loose fitting clothing.
- Obey local laws. Never use illegal explosives or homemade fireworks. Both can be extremely dangerous.
- Follow the instructions. Carefully read the instructions on the packaging before use and only use the fireworks as they are intended to be used. Do not try to alter or combine them.
- Have water handy. Always keep a bucket of water or hose nearby in case of an emergency. Soak any fireworks in the water before throwing them away.
- Protect the lighter. The person lighting the fireworks should always wear protective eye wear and never light fireworks in metal or glass containers.
- One at a time. Only one firework should be lit at a time. Never attempt to relight a firework that didn't work.
Ultimately, the best way to avoid the danger of fireworks this Independence Day is to leave them up to the experts! Fourth of July is a great opportunity to get involved in your local area celebrations, which often include firework shows runs by professionals.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!